Recall of pork products in Calgary and Edmonton expands after E. coli outbreak

The recall of raw pork products due to possible E. coli contamination has been expanded to more stores in Calgary and Edmonton.

Raw pork products bought at Trimming Fresh Meat (6219 Centre St. N.W.) between July 15 and July 22 and products from Hiep Hoa Asian Food (4710 17 Ave S.E.) between July 15 and July 29 should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website, the products may not look or smell spoiled, however they still have the potential to make consumers sick.

The expanded recall also includes frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons from Vihn Fat Food Products (10630 97 St.) in Edmonton sold between July 10 and Sept. 5, which should be thrown out or returned to the point of purchase.

Alberta Health Services said 153 people were diagnosed with E. coli between July 10 and Sept. 3, with 19 having to be hospitalized and five of those suffering the most serious form of the disease, which affects the kidneys.

AHS officials said 45 people were hospitalized in Calgary and 46 in Edmonton and the remainder at smaller centres around the province.

Steps can be taken to avoid food-borne illnesses, including washing your hands thoroughly using hot, soapy water — especially after using the washroom or changing a diaper — cooking pork and beef products to at least 71C (160F) and thoroughly washing any cooking utensils that touch raw meat.

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